During this summer, our Rebel Up show will be every tuesday from 21h to 22h.
Tonight with new tunes by Anteloper (Imaginary Anthem), Doctor Kanuska Group (Sacral Grooves 1000hz), HHY & The Macumbas (Nyege Tapes), Aunty Razor (Blanc Manioc), Bantou Mentale (Glitterbeat), Ghetto Kumbé (ZZK Records), Ayuune Sule and more! Tune in live.
and on Saturday, our Giraffes & Penguins Arab Bass party @ VK!
with Ammar 808 (live set) and Ghoula (TN). + DJ’s Rebel Up SebCat, Le Grand Mechant Loop, Tropical DJipsies and opening live set by Tsoukina (female gnawa from Bxl!).
We’ll dive together into the infinite richness of arab music and its evolution from traditional forms to contemporary and wild electronic sounds.
Our special guests:
AMMAR 808 is the electronic alter-ego of the Brussels based producer Sofyann Ben Youssef (Bargou 08, Kel Assouf). With songs from the Targ, Gnawa,and Raï histories and a TR-808 kicks alongside a distorted guimbri, gasba flutes and zokra bagpipes. His debut album ‘Maghreb United’ on Glitterbeat was a top10 album that changed the perception of contemporary Maghreb music. At the moment he is working on his second album, so expect a lot of new sounds! LISTEN HERE
Ghoula is a
tunisian self-made musician and producer. As a producer and
multi-instrumentalist, Ghoula creates genre-defying sets through both
acoustics and samples. His debut album ‘Hlib el Ghoula’ was released on Shouka label and is now preparing his second album. LISTEN HERE
and arabic dance and bass sounds by Rebel Up SebCat, Le Grand Mechant Loop and the Tropical DJipsies. Warmup acoustic gnawa set by Tsoukina.
Listen here to Rebel Up SebCat’s arabic session at Kiosk Radio last week.
Festa Afro Tuga started in 2016 by the NGHE Mediatheque and Rebel Up as a party in Brussels to celebrate Afro Portuguese music culture, with guests DJ’s from Celeste Marisposa, Principe Discos label and live artists from the Afro Portuguese diaspora. 5 epic & wild editions were held so far in various Brussels venues. This edition in the new Recyclart in Molenbeek melts together with the Nightshop concept as an Angolan special. Gente sabi, puxa!
CelesteMariposa (AO/PT / Lisboa) is a DJ from Lisbon who has been known for unconventional sets since 2010: rare vinyl pearls from the Lusophone (‘Portuguese-speaking’) African music, inspired by African ‘bailes’ from the 5 former Portuguese colonies (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, San Tomé & Principé). Most of these recordings are totally unknown in the West but afrobaile is the hot swinging cradle of any kind of groove. A powerful selection from instrumental Cape Verde funana to the raw Angolan merengue and semba, as well as gum from Guinea Bissau and Mozambique marrabenta. Simply irresistible. https://soundcloud.com/celestemariposa
Diron Animal (AO/PT) Nirox Romao aka Diron Animal brings infectiously rhythmic dance music from the Angolan ghettos, fusing electronic production with traditional music. He is an ex-member of rock kuduro band Throes + The Shine where he played for several years and released his debut album ‘Alone’ in 2017 on the British Soundway label. Now his 2nd album ‘Pair’ has been released on Rebel Up Records just before summer, so his set is a true first premiere for Brussels! He will perform as a power trio, aided by percussion and guitar. https://dironanimal.bandcamp.com
Lua Preta (AO/PL) Angolan/Polish duo consisting of vocalist/MC Ms. Gia of Angolan descent and experienced Polish DJ and producer Mentalcut. Together they bring the frenetic mixture of modern electronic music and African genres characteristic not only to Ms. Gia’s native Angola but also to the whole continent – including kuduro, afrohouse, gqom and more. They released various EP’s and remixes in the last 2 years and are now awaiting their forthcoming EP “Polaquinha Preta”. https://soundcloud.com/luapreta
DJ Nervoso (STP/ Lisboa) Nervoso was born in São Tomé and Príncipe, but based around Lisbon for more than 2 decades now. As the godfather of the Príncipe label, he is well known for a bare bones approach to rhythm, working the basic hypnotic feel of pounding drums to mesmerizing effect in his permanent quest to make people move. His sound is meant to unite, not divide, the dancefloor. Even before he started producing, Nervoso was quick to perceive that some people were alienated in parties where Angolan kuduro got played, for the simple reason they didn’t command the specific moves associated with the style or its variations. So his production focused on adapting the beats of this much-loved dance music, changing the codes for a more inclusive experience. Some call it techno. https://principediscos.bandcamp.com/album/dj-nervoso
Mezrab presents an evening of Global Fire from the underground!
SARA HEBE (Argentina) – Rap, Cumbia, Electro, Punk, Baile Funk Sara Hebe is an invitation to bounce, jump, raise your fists, to cumbia-shake your hips and butts, to rock and groove. Her strong voice and powerful stage performance make her to one of the most remarkable female artists from Latinamerica. Together with beatmaker and multi-instrumentalist Ramiro Jota and drummer Edu Morote she turns every venue and festival upside down.
MAGA BO (Brazil/Usa) Rio de Janeiro-based DJ/producer is a veteran pioneer of global bass music, with 20+ years of dedicated experience searching out unheralded music bumping from speaker-boxes in the world’s grittiest corners, from Addis Ababa to Zanzibar. Tonight at the Mezrab!
Saturday 6 april, Babylon Trio will play on the Yallah Yallah night at Tweetakt festival in Utrecht!
Great lineup with Egyptian hiphop, Moroccan gnawa beats, Pan-Arabic sounds and more. 20h30 > Prace feat. Chaimaa Rochdi (Morocco/NL) 21h > Disco Arabesquou DJ 21h45 > Babylon Trio (Irak/BE) 22h30 > Yallah Yallah DJ’s 23h15 > Bu Kholtoum (Egypt)